A new trailer for director Jason Zada’s upcoming horror film The Forest is now available, reminding audiences that, although we are currently in the season of giving, the New Year brings with it a new opportunity for thrills and chills. The Forest stars Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) as a young woman named Sara who travels to Japan’s infamous Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mt. Fugi in search of her missing sister. Despite warnings to the contrary, the first trailer revealed that Sara does indeed stray from the marked path into dangerous territory. As this new trailer shows, the danger lurks not only within the haunted forest, but in Sara’s own mind as well.
I’ve liked what I’ve seen from The Forest so far with its interesting premise of exploring the real-life forest where the desperate go to commit suicide, but other than that, I’ve yet to see anything from Zada that sets this horror/thriller apart from the crowd. Dormer is great on Game of Thrones and it’ll certainly be interesting to see how she handles being the lead in this feature-length horror film, but unless they’re keeping the real magic of this movie out of the trailers, I don’t feel all that compelled to seek it out in theaters.
Also starring Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken and Yukiyoshi Ozawa, The Forest opens in U.S. theaters on January 8, 2016.
Watch the new trailer for The Forest below:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Forest, followed by a brand-new poster:
Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of the supernatural thriller. A young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer of “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games”), journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney of “Chicago Fire”), Sara enters the forest having been well warned to “stay on the path.” Determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, Sara will have to face the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them. These malevolent spirits lying in wait for Sara at every turn will plunge her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself.